Three Dimensional Modeling of Concrete Dams with Cracks Using Boundary Element Methods

by Bernard Amadei, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
Tissa Illangasekare, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
C. Chinnaswamy, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '91: A New View of Hydro Resources


Determining uplift pressure distributions in cracks in a concrete dam requires coupling between crack hydraulics and the stresses and displacements occurring in the rock and the concrete surrounding the crack walls. The applicability and limitations of the Boundary Element Methods (BEM) as tools for determining those stresses and displacements in three dimensions are discussed.

Subject Headings: Boundary element method | Three-dimensional models | Concrete dams | Hydraulic models | Cracking | Pressure distribution | Finite element method | Numerical models

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